Archive for June, 2011

Recommendations for Guernsey’s voluntary and charitable sector to be published at end of July 2011

June 25th, 2011 by University of Bristol

A University of Bristol study into Guernsey’s voluntary and charitable sector has revealed a picture of a ‘generous island’ but a need for greater partnership with the island’s government and more co-ordination of its activities.

The report, a summary of which was published on 22 June, recommends a sharing of ideas and skills through an umbrella body with a volunteering strategy. It also urges a broader political debate about the sector’s role and its need for funding.

The research, led by Dr Sarah Cemlyn from the University’s School for Policy Studies, was commissioned by the recently-formed Guernsey Community Foundation – set up to promote philanthropy and charitable giving, and improve the island community and the lives of people most in need. Continue reading

Jersey fisherman lands spotted bass, Dicentrarchus punctatus, on 8 June 2011

June 22nd, 2011 by Richard Lord

Andrew Syvret reports that a spotted bass, Dicentrarchus punctatus, was captured by Lee Allen off the west coast of Jersey, Channel Islands on 8 June 2011.  This is the second one he has seen.  The fish was caught with a live sand eel.  It appears to be a new British angling record so it has been frozen for shipment to the UK to have its identity confirmed by the relevant authority.

Lee Allen with the spotted bass, Dicentrarchus punctatus, caught off Jersey's west coast on 8 June 2011 (click image to expand - ©Andrew Syvret)

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Friends of the Earth warns that aviation biofuel target risks food price rises

June 22nd, 2011 by Friends of the Earth

Plans announced by the European aviation industry on 22 June 2011 to fuel its planes with two million tonnes of biofuels by 2020, has been criticised by Friends of the Earth.

The announcement, which follows expert warnings about the impact of biofuels on food prices and world hunger, comes as G20 ministers meet in Paris to discuss ways to tackle food price volatility.

Virgin Atlantic takes off from Gatwick airport on 18 November 2010. Virgin Atlantic has carried out test flights using various blends of biofuel (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The environmental charity warned that increased biofuel-use could have major social and environmental impacts and said it would distract from real action to tackle the impact of aviation on climate change. Continue reading

Expert advice can help G20 Agriculture meeting deal with soaring food prices says Friends of the Earth

June 21st, 2011 by Friends of the Earth

The G20 Agriculture meeting takes place on 22 June 2011.  In advance of this meeting, Friends of the Earth warns that rising food prices and large-scale hunger will only be prevented by overhauling the EU’s farming policy and ending biofuel targets and food commodity speculation.

Ministers from the world’s 20 leading economies will meet in Paris on 22 and 23 June to address recent food price volatility.

Friends of the Earth is urging the Ministers to listen to the latest expert advice on the action needed to combat the food crisis. Continue reading

Belle Greve wastewater project reaches tender stage

June 21st, 2011 by Guernsey Water

GUERNSEY Water will shortly be going out to tender in order to appoint the most suitable contractor for the Belle Greve inlet works project.

The project, which is due to commence early in 2012 once the States of Deliberation has approved the tender choice, involves replacing the existing inlet facility with a new treatment plant that will remove grit and other non-biodegradable material through the use of state-of-the art mechanical screens. The screens will remove from the flow any material which is larger than 6mm in diameter (the size of a small garden pea). Continue reading

British Irish Council ministers sign agreement to co-operate in an All Islands Approach to develop marine renewable energy resources

June 20th, 2011 by HM Government Department of Energy and Climate Change

Ministers from the British Isles, Ireland, The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man signed up to a historic deal on 20 June 2011 to cooperate on exploiting the major wind and marine resource in and around the islands.

The states involved agreed to co-operate in the All Islands Approach to energy at the British Irish Council in London. Continue reading

Carey Olsen staff beautify Guernsey Cheshire Home’s patio and garden

June 20th, 2011 by Carey Olsen

The gardens and greenhouse at the Guernsey Cheshire Home have been given a make-over thanks to Carey Olsen’s charities committee.

Members of staff and their families volunteered to help with a number of outdoor projects over two days including planting trees and painting benches.

Colourful flowers delivered to Guernsey Cheshire Home to add colour to their patio (click image to expand - ©Chris George)

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RBSI volunteers give trees a helping hand at Val des Terres, St Peter Port

June 20th, 2011 by Richard Lord

RBSI volunteers (left to right) Chris Eker, Liz Pirouet, Lynn Whitworth, Michelle Duquemin, Adie Tempest and Tim Langlois looking after our environment (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

RBSI volunteers worked for hours on 10 June 2011 to cut by hand the tall grasses and other plants that had overgrown the trees planted by The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees (GMOTT) at the top of Le Val des Terres.

Clive Anderson participated in the original Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees (MOTT) tree planting near the Fort George archway on a third of an acre site at the top of Le Val des Terres in January 2009. Continue reading

Deutsche Bank launches Volunteering Week to support Guernsey charities

June 20th, 2011 by Deutsche Bank International Ltd.

Nearly 30 volunteers from Deutsche Bank in Guernsey recently spent a week carrying out projects for local community organisations through its newly launched annual ‘Volunteering Week’.

As part of the Bank’s pan-Channel Islands initiative, two projects in Guernsey were completed during the week at the end of May for Hautes Capelles Primary School and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), both of which were specifically chosen by staff. Continue reading

Could the loss of the use of the Longue House reclamation site for two years lead to a Suez Mark II?

June 20th, 2011 by Deputy Dave Jones

News on 17th June 2010 that Guernsey airport contractors are to take over the Longue Hougue Reclamation site for an accommodation block and the storing of thousands of tonnes of material for the Airport contract has I believe severe ramifications for any future major industrial recycling initiatives.

Any private company wanting to offer this industrial service on an industrial scale, have now lost the only viable site in the near future where this operation could have been facilitated.

The Longue Hougue reclamation site on 3 July 2006. The land reclamation area has expanded considerably since that date by the addition of more inert matieral. The reclaimed land area now comprises over 16.3 acres. (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

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